It's only April! Yeah I know, but if you're like most parents you will procrastinate making arrangements to have your children in camps, STEM programs, or even childcare; then, the last day of school you will slap yourself in the head and start the summer childcare scramble! Don't do it to yourself. Start now and you will have a worry free summer. If you; wait a lot of camps will be filled up, and then you'll really be hurting.
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Let's take a peek at your day: wake up (really early because you need to get ready and organize yourself before the kids get up), make sure the kid's clothes are ready to go. When you do that you have to go into their cluttered rooms and you make a mental note that you need to get it organized AGAIN. You then go to the kitchen to figure out breakfast and pack lunches/snacks for the kids, when you look in the pantry you find that you are so low on snacks that if you don't go to the store today the kids will have to share the last bag of goldfish tomorrow for lunch AND snacks; you might have more but you can't find them due to the state the pantry is in (note to self organize pantry this weekend along with soccer, gymnastics, taking the kids out for a play date). You wake up the kids with coffee in hand, and they clump to the kitchen, sit down and proceed to complain that you are out of their favorite cereal, and while the kids get all riled up they then spill their orange juice on their school clothes that they put on BEFORE breakfast which you don't like them to do, but choose your battles, you go back to their rooms only to find that drawers are in complete disarray, there are more clothes on the floor then in closets and drawers, you then make another note that you need to sort out clean laundry to dirty laundry because we all know that the clothes on the floor aren't all dirty but, you need to find a clean shirt now, and you're finding that impossible. This is only your morning. Needless to say the rest of the day is just a chain of events that keep you off balance, and not just today but nearly every day.
I'm an old fuddy duddy because when I was growing up spring break applied to college students, not me when I was in elementary school. Now kids of all school ages have spring break and I really don't know how parents do it. I mean don't parents still have to work all year round? What do you do with the kids? Do you go on a vacation? Do you arrange childcare? Does one parent take off of work? Being a parent is so much more complicated then it used to be.
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The way the world works has changed in so many ways, from more choices to where our children go to school, the way our children play and participate in the world, and the simple way at how we acquire babysitters, and childcare professionals.
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I have NO idea how parents do it when they are sick. Recently I was sick for 2 weeks from a cold, and the stomach flu. One day I couldn't even lift my head up to answer texts, and operating my business was nearly at a stand still. You can't stop being a mom or a dad! For those who have spouses that can fill in that's got to be super helpful, but for those who don't it has to be a nightmare, not to say it isn't a nightmare for everyone maybe just less of a nightmare.
Okay you need a little break from all the chaos that living in a child’s world gives you on a consistent basis. Should you take a break while they are awake or only while they’re sleeping? What if you need to make a quick phone call to make a doctor’s appointment or arrange a play date? Should children EVER be left alone unless secure in their beds asleep?
Once upon a time when I was working retail and selling women's clothing I heard them say more times then I can count that they couldn't possibly wear what they had on even though they liked it because their children would make fun of them and tell them that they couldn't wear it OR their husbands would tell them the same. Should your style be dictated by your children and a man that normally wears jeans and t-shirts? My answer is a simple; no.
These are your fashion consultants? REALLY? I think women and moms need to own their own style, and if it isn't acceptable to your family then boo to them!
I think women need to find security with their own selves. What do your clothes say about you? What happened to the woman who took risks in her style? Did she die when she got married, had children, got older? It probably did; but does your style still reflect you? If you've always been a yoga pant, jean, and t-shirt gal then you will always be that, OR did you start dressing that way because it was easier and more acceptable to people around you?
As an older woman I struggle with my style all of the time. Body changes and age makes it difficult for me to find things I feel good in. In the same token I don't let others: children, men, etc tell me what is good for me to wear. It all depends on how I feel in it. Of course, I have the sense to know that running around in a tight low-cut shirt and tight jeans at 57 is probably not a good look for me (it might be for others but not for me). I, frankly, am not a jeans lover. I wear them because they are readily accessible but today I only have one pair in my drawers. Reaction from others to what I do wear is that think I'm dressing up or my style is unusual; I have more than one item from this website, and no, I'm not promoting it I just want you to see my style. It suits me because I find it comfortable, stylish, and a lot of fun.
So now that you are thinking about it look on the web and find your style. There are lots of quizzes out there, Etsy also has so many fun vendors. I also recommend that you don't listen to the "experts" because they will vary and normally your perception of yourself and body type probably is tainted.
So have fun, and let your style shine.
As a childcare provider, and an older one at that, I've noticed a trend; parents aren't necessarily parenting anymore. Children have control of the household, and parents are jumping through hoops to make the children happy, and in return; teachers, babysitters, nannies, and other childcare givers are having a more and more difficult time making sure children are safe, not hurting others or each other, teaching, preparing meals etc. Families too are suffering the consequences by having a chaotic home.